Father guilty of killing baby son

A man has been found guilty of murdering his 11-month-old baby son and then claiming the injuries were inflicted by the family dog.

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Murder arrest after working men's club argument

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an argument at a Barnsley working men's club led to a man dying.

A 60-year-old man was injured on Sunday at the Thurnscoe Coronation Working Men's Club in Stuart Street in an altercation with a 53-year-old man and later died.

A post mortem examination is expected to take place today to find out how he died.

Three people have been arrested.

Police arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by detectives.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and perverting the course of justice, while a 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.Both have been bailed while enquiries continue.

Disability Games return to Barnsley

Competitors at last year's Games

Disabled athletes from across the region will be descending on The Barnsley Metrodome today for a popular sporting event.

The annual Rotary District 1270 Disability Games is set to attract hundreds of adult and junior competitors as they battle it out across a range of sporting disciplines.

The Games include competitions in archery, boccia, darts, curling, rifle shooting, snooker, swimming, table tennis, weight lifting and wheelchair racing.

Stephen Woodcock, secretary of the district said:

"After the success of last year's event, we hope to attract even more teams and are aiming for more than 400 competitors to take part in a whole host of sporting events."


Barnsley man missing after being found guilty of manslaughter

Police in Barnsley are searching for a man who absconded from court after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Shaun Kenny Stewart was found guilty of the manslaughter of his son Brent Campbell at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 12 March, and sentenced in his absence to five years in prison.

Kenny Stewart is wanted by police Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A warrant was then issued for his arrest and, despite extensive attempts by police to find him, he has not been seen or heard from since.

He is known to have links in the Barnsley area and lived in Lord Street, Hoyle Mill, before going on the run.

Stewart is 53 and described as 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build. He has short brown hair and tattoos, including a Chinese design on his left forearm, a tattoo that says "Luv" on his left thumb, and one that says "Love" on his right thumb.

Concern grows over missing Barnsley man

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 40-year-old man from Barnsley.

James Stephenson

James Stephenson was last seen on Tuesday 18 March, when he left the Cambian Oaks Hospital in Sheffield Road, Barnsley. He told staff he intended to go shopping to the Huddersfield area, but never returned.

Officers are keen to locate Mr Stephenson to ensure he is safe and well.

There have been confirmed sightings of Mr Stephenson getting on a train in Leeds and getting off the train at London Kings Cross. He is also known to visit Barnsley and Wakefield.

Mr Stephenson is described as having ginger coloured hair and is approximately 5ft 8ins tall. When last seen, he was wearing a dark overcoat with a grey hooded top underneath and jeans.

Romeo rescued after river-bank fall

Firefighters came to the rescue of a horse called Romeo, after he got stuck by a river in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

The six year-old horse was stuck down a steep river bank close to Smithies Lane with seemingly no route of escape. The horse was sedated by a vet whilst firefighters dug through the river bank to create an escape route for the horse.

Just under two hours later the horse was freed, led to safety using harnesses and apparently none the worse for its ordeal.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Station Manager Simon Dillon said: “It was an unusual and particularly difficult rescue as he had fallen backwards into the river and become wedged between trees overhanging and the bank.

"Our firefighters worked extremely hard to dig away the bank. The large tree roots in the banking made that really difficult, but we got there in the end.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“Once out, he trotted over to his owner and let out a nay of thanks to the crews. He was checked over at the scene by the vet, who administered drugs to help with muscle fatigue and to fight any infection from being in the water.

"Other than a couple of scrapes where he had tried to get out himself, he was unharmed by the experience."

Woman jailed for microwaving cat

A woman from Barnsley who killed her kitten by cooking it in a microwave after it attacked her goldfish has been jailed for 14 weeks by a district judge who said it was an "act of utterly horrendous cruelty".

Laura Cunliffe, 23, admitted putting black-and-white Mowgli into the oven and turning it on for five minutes after finding the remains of the fish on the floor, Barnsley Magistrates' Court heard.

Cunliffe said she rescued it after about a minute, when she realised what she had done, but the kitten died later.

District Judge John Foster said he had to jail Cunliffe as a deterrent - a decision that caused outrage among her family in the public gallery.

Mr Foster had been told by Cunliffe's solicitor, Alan Greaves, that his client has longstanding problems with psychotic depression and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 20 times.

As the defendant was led away in handcuffs, one member of her family shouted:

"She doesn't know what's happening - she hasn't a clue."

Another shouted: "This is a failure of medical services, judge."

Mr Foster told the defendant: "This was an act of utterly horrendous cruelty on your part on an animal that, as far as I could see, had come to trust you and rely on you."

The district judge said Cunliffe's actions were "inexplicable".

Cunliffe, of Hoyland, Barnsley, admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at a previous hearing.

She was banned from keeping animals for life and was told she cannot apply to have this ban reviewed for five years.


Katherine Kelly welcomes baby girl

Former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly from Wakefield has become a mother for the first time.

The 33-year-old - now known to TV audiences for her role in Mr Selfridge - and her husband Ryan Clark became parents to baby girl Orla on Tuesday.

Katherine Kelly Credit: Press Association

Kelly bowed out of Corrie in January 2012 following a six-year stint in the soap playing Becky McDonald.

She said she was "overwhelmed with joy to announce the arrival of our daughter".

Clark - who married Kelly in a low-key ceremony at the Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas - said:

"Katherine has given me the best gift in the world.

Absolutely smitten with Orla and so proud of my wife."

Father sentenced over death of son electrocuted while stealing power cables

A man whose son died after they tried to steal cables from a Barnsley sub-station has been sentenced for his death.

Shaun Kenny Stewart went to Tyers Hall Pumping Station with his son where their attempts to disconnect live power lines resulted in 27-year-old Brent Shaun Campbell being electrocuted.

Stewart denied manslaughter and a second charge of attempted theft but absconded from Sheffield Crown Court part way through his trial.

The 52-year-old was found guilty of both charges in his absence and was jailed for five years in total.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Brent’s body was found a short distance away from severed power lines in March 2012 by engineers responding to the loss of electricity.

Stewart had fled the scene before emergency services arrived but was arrested by police after going to hospital for treatment of electrical flash burns.

Brek Shea opens up about unceremonious Barnsley exit

Stoke City winger Brek Shea has been speaking about the incident involving him and Barnsley fans that occurred at the end of what has proven to be his last game on loan with the Sky Bet Championship club, suggesting it has been "blown out of proportion".

Shea (left) has opened up about his exit from Barnsley Credit: Press Association

Shea is alleged to have made an offensive hand gesture during heated exchanges between the Tykes' players and their travelling supporters following their 5-0 loss at Huddersfield on March 1.

Barnsley subsequently issued a formal apology on their official website and on Monday, they announced Shea had returned to Stoke - even though his loan stint, which began in January, had been scheduled to last until April 3.

Two days after the incident, the 24-year-old United States international wrote on Twitter "Dunno what ppl are talking about", but last Friday he posted a series of messages in which he said he would like to "unreservedly apologise" for his actions.

The USA international is alleged to have made a offensive gesture to Barnsley fans Credit: Press Association

And talking about the matter to Sky Sports News on Tuesday, Shea said: "I went over to stop a player from doing something he shouldn't and I think I ended up losing my head for a split second at one individual.

"I meant no disrespect to the fans. But I think it got blown out of proportion.

"It is in the past, though, and I'm here at Stoke and happy to be back.

"I said I was sorry and donated some money (to a Barnsley hospice), which hopefully does some good.

"Fans all the time say things but players just have to take it and I think that comes with our job I guess. But sometimes it is unfair."

Royal appointment for Barnsley vicar

A vicar from Barnsley has become chaplain to the Queen.

Buckingham Palace announced the news saying: " Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend David Nicholson to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Prebendary Pippa Thorneycroft, in addition to being Vicar of Cudworth, Barnsley".

Fr David said: "I am overwhelmed by this appointment which came completely out of the blue and whilst the honour is obviously immense for me personally, it is also a great honour for my Parish and this Village especially, and for the Town and Deanery of Barnsley as well."

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